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October/November 2003
Are the News Media Soft on Bush?
That much-ballyhooed “liberal press” hasn’t been nearly as tough on President Bush as it was on his predecessor. One key reason: Bush’s controversies have involved policy rather than personal peccadilloes, and the media have a much bigger appetite for the latter. But does the weapons of mass destruction flap presage a shift?   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Baghdad Urban Legends
How come so many people think weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, or that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11 attacks? Are the news media to blame?   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Bureau of Missing Bureaus
Although television networks have closed many of their expensive foreign outposts, executives say they can cover the world just as well by dispatching reporters from central hubs. But critics say the shuttered offices come at a steep cost to the public. What is the future for foreign news on TV?   > read more
By  Lucinda Fleeson
State of The American Newspaper
G.A.s for the World

Foreign correspondents were once trained specialists who focused on specific countries or regions. Not after 9/11. They’re now likely to be dispatched to cover conflicts virtually anywhere--and national and metro reporters are frequently thrown into the mix.   > read more
By  Stephen Seplow
Dismantling the Language Barrier
In an effort to crack the burgeoning Hispanic market, major newspaper companies are investing in new and expanded Spanish-language editions.   > read more
By  Tim Porter
Too Young to Read?
A twentysomething journalist is underwhelmed by the efforts of newspapers to attract that coveted and elusive 18-to-34 demographic.   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
The Power of Story
What journalism can learn from country music   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
Patriot Games
The news media have to be more skeptical and aggressive, not less, when dealing with issues of war and peace.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
Virtual Campaigning
This time, the Internet is making a difference.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
A Story for All Seasons
Summertime crime stories are no longer confined to hot-weather months.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
Taming the Media Circus
The judge in the Kobe Bryant case goes too far in imposing media restrictions.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
From Employee- to Publicly Owned
Why rising debt caused Journal Communications to go public--and what that means for its future.   > read more
By  John Morton
Giving Print the Silent Treatment
Is it becoming a trend for politicians to shun interviews with print journalists?   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Eyes Glaze Over with Krispy Kreme Coverage
Enough is enough with the nonstop coverage of one particular donut company   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
It Takes Darkness to See the Light
A Pittsburgh reporter's adventures in a blacked out Manhattan   > read more
By  Tom Barnes
The Real World
Unemployeed writers chronicle their struggles online   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Lots of Facts, But Not Much More
Deadlines Past Forty Years of Presidential Campaigning: A Reporter’s Story
By Walter Mears
Andrews McMeel
360 pages; $24.95   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp
From Celebrity to Celebratory
Ghetto Celebrity: Searching for My Father in Me
By Donnell Alexander
Crown Publishing
288 pages; $22.95

The Best of Emerge Magazine
Edited by George E. Curry
Ballantine Books
665 pages; $19.95   > read more
Book review by  Darryl Wellington

City of Changes
Philly's Hall exits; San Jose's publisher replaces him   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Brevity Pays
Managing editor offers an unusual incentive for shorter stories at California's Contra Costa Times   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Back to Boulder
Susan Deans returns to her journalism roots to lead the Daily Camera   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Back to School
An L.A. Times reporter will head a literary journalism program while other journalists take academic positions   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Cliché Corner   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Speed Kills   > read more
A Job Well Done   > read more
Uncovering the Sex Trade   > read more
Cheers   > read more
More on Blair   > read more
The General’s Closet   > read more